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Dan Ringer, K8WV
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             OCT 2017 Report

SM: Dan Ringer, K8WV;

ASM: L. Ann Rinehart, KA8ZGY; Michael L. DeHaan, KD8ZMV; Jane Hardy, WV8JH; Karl S. Thompson, K8KT 

ACC: Spencer W. Graham, WT8WV

OOC: Keith E. Richmond, W8KER

PIC: Elizabeth Broschart, KD8PMI

SEC: Michael E. Maxson, W8SI

SGL:  William C. Hunter, K8BS

STM: Kenneth D. Caplinger, WV8KDC 

TC: Karl S. Thompson, K8KT

VC: Dan Ringer, K8WV

  Please come out and support your Amateur Radio council. All WV AMATEURS are members of the WVSARC – come to the meeting and support the ARRL WV Convention. 

ALL AMATEUR RADIO OPERATORS CAN KEEP UP TO DATE on activities and actions in the amateur community, visit our new web page .Support ARRL in WV – join.

  Many of you have worked very hard to keep your clubs active and assisted during severe weather events, and of course, participated in the Hamfests throughout the years.  Give yourself a pat on the back for a job well done.


WV AMATEUR RADIO CLUBs –Thanks to the several clubs for updating the WVSARC Club list.   Should you have an Amateur Radio Club you would like to list, just visit and click on the Add or Edit your Club Link


You probably know that your Section Manager (SM) is an elected ARRL official. But how does the SM know what to do? 

Your SM receives support from the Division Director and Vice Director, of course; from ARRL Headquarters staff, in the form of personal contact; access to several ARRL official databases on ARRL.ORG; and through reference to the Section Managers Handbook. 

But there is also formal training available in the form of the Section Managers Workshop for newly elected SMs. I’m honored to have been invited to this year’s Workshop, to be conducted at ARRL Headquarters in Newington in October. 

When I first became SM I knew I would have support to help me represent you. But, it is much, much more than I anticipated. I’ll let you know more about the Workshop in October’s Report. Stay tuned!  And please feel free to contact me with your questions, comments, complaints, and compliments (!) at 

            73, Dan, K8WV 



The 2017 WV State ARRL Convention and Hamfest (Jackson’s Mill) is now history, and by all accounts it was a success! Chances are that the only thing that would have improved it would have been if YOU attended. The Convention is jointly conducted by the WV Section of the ARRL and by the West Virginia State Amateur Radio Council. In attendance on behalf of the ARRL were Dr. Jim Boehner, N2ZZ, ARRL Roanoke Division Director, Bill Morine, N2COP, Division Vice Director, and Steve Ewald, WV1X, ARRL Field Services Supervisor. Their attendance provided an excellent opportunity to get the “straight skinny” about what’s going on in Newington and the Division, as well as a chance to meet and talk with 3  people very important to our hobby! We thank them for their participation and valuable and entertaining presentations! 

We also had presentations on a number of other valuable topics and activities. If you haven’t gone to “the Mill” recently (or ever), start planning for next year NOW! 



As of September 7, 2017. 

Trenton S Michael, KE8HMY, Berkeley Springs, WV

Aaron D Goff, KE8HQI, Coalton, WV

Darlene J Conard, KE8HQL, Richwood, WV  

Henry T Mcdonald, KE8HQH, Parsons,  WV

Walter R Cambeis, KE8HSK, Bridgeport, WV  

Donald L Riffle, KE8HSL, Lost Creek, WV

Sheridan J Thompson, KE8HPE, Summersville, WV

James V Blankenship, KE8HQN, Summersville, WV

Mason H Elkins, KE8HQO, Summersville, WV 

Congratulations! Welcome to the greatest hobby on Earth!! 



10/14/2017 | Parkersburg/Wood County Hamfest

Location: Mineral Wells, WV
Type: ARRL Hamfest
Sponsor: Wood County Emergency Communications



Our WV Section is in need of a Net Manager. If you would like to serve the Section and the State (I know they’re the same thing, but work with me here), becoming a net manage is a great way to do it! If a Net Manager can’t be identified, the net will be shut down! Don’t let that happen!! 



The FCC has announced that the Office of Management and Budget has approved, for 3 years, the information-collection requirement of the Commission's March 29 Report and Order (R&O) that spelled out Amateur Radio service rules for the two new bands - 630 meters and 2200 meters. The R&O in PDF format can be found at,

Notice of the action appears in today's edition of the Federal Register. Before using either band, stations must notify the Utilities Technology Council (UTC), formerly the Utilities Telecom Council, that they plan to do so, and if UTC does not respond within 30 days, they may commence operation. 

The website to notify the UTC is,

Last March 27, the FCC adopted the 2012 World Radiocommunication Conference (WRC-12) implementation Report and Order (ET Docket 15-99), amending its Amateur Radio rules to - in the FCC's words - "provide for frequency-sharing requirements in the 135.7-137.8 kHz (2200-meter) and 472-479 kHz (630-meter) bands." 

Section 97.313(g)(2) of those rules requires that, prior to starting operation in either band, radio amateurs must notify UTC that they intend operate by submitting their call signs, intended band(s) of operation, and the coordinates of their antenna's fixed location. The new rules do not permit any mobile operation. 

"Amateur stations will be permitted to commence operations after a 30-day period, unless UTC notifies the station that its fixed location is located within 1 kilometer of Power Line Carrier (PLC) systems operating on the same or overlapping frequencies," the FCC said. PLC systems are unlicensed. "This notification process will ensure that amateur stations seeking to operate [on 630 or 2200 meters] are located beyond a minimum separation distance from PLC transmission lines, which will help ensure the compatibility and coexistence of amateur and PLC operations, and promote shared use of the bands." 

The FCC announced that it is making effective immediately the Part 97 rule amendments, Part 97.3, 97.15(c), 97.301(b) through (d), 97.303(g), 97.305(c), and 97.313(k) and (l), which do not require OMB approval.



October 2017
7-8       EME - 50 to 1296 MHz
16-20   School Club Roundup 

November 2017
 4-5     EME - 50 to 1296 MHz
 4-6     Nov. Sweepstakes – CW
18-20 Nov. Sweepstakes – Phone

December 2017
1-3     160 Meter
9-10   10 Meter
17      Rookie Roundup–CW

Get the details for ARRL contests at ARRL.ORG. Information for other operating events as indicated.





West Virginia Officials